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byÂ Davey DÂ (Â 5.10.2010)
President Obama said something very interesting this weekendÂ when speaking at Hampton University. Yes he told the graduates that the world they are entering is gonna be rough. I mean he didnâ€™t just come out and say it, but he was pretty much saying ‘Good luck on getting a job folks..’
That in itself is worth noting, especially since he has those Goldman Sachs people around him who pretty much ripped us off and pushed us in the direction of economic enslavement.
But the thing that caught me was this quote
â€œYouâ€™re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which donâ€™t always rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, â€” none of which I know how to work â€” information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.”
When I read President Obamaâ€˜s quote I kept thinking about how Iâ€™m starting to hear people say they are burnt out over all the information they can get.. They complain about Information overload. This is compounded by the fact that we now have several generations of people who only want 30 second soundbites. Weâ€™re a headline news society that has allowed us to become â€˜instant expertsâ€™ on topics which we are unwilling to follow-up on..The information is disposable. Tiger Woods having multiple affairs holds the same value as a natural disaster
If you donâ€™t believe me, ask how many of us have followed up on the situation in Haiti? Do any of us even care about whatâ€™s going on? Would your interest be peaked if we started to hear new reports on the country? My guess is many would not be interested. I recall hearing folks complaining that all this information on Haiti was too much. People were looking for escapes. The news coming out of it was cheapened by network news outlets who tried to find ways to neatly package it.
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